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LENTEN REFLECTION – The First Week of Lent – 3 MARCH



Emptied for Our Sake
By Bernard of Clairvaux

Christ’s self-emptying was neither a simple gesture nor a limited one.   He emptied Himself even to the assuming of human nature, even to accepting death, death on a cross (Philippians 2:7).

Who is there that can adequately gauge the greatness of the humility, gentleness and self-surrender, revealed by the Lord of majesty in assuming human nature, in accepting the punishment of death, the shame of the cross?

But somebody will say: “Surely the Creator could have restored His original plan without all that hardship?”   Yes, He could but He chose the way of personal suffering so that man would never again have reason to display that worst and most hateful of all vices, ingratitude.

Even if God made you out of nothing, you have not been redeemed out of nothing.   In six days He created all things and among them, you.   On the other hand, for a period of thirty whole years He worked your salvation in the midst of the earth.

What He endured in those labours!   To His bodily needs and the abuses from His enemies did He not add the mightier burden of the humiliation of the cross and crown it all with the horror of His death?   And this was indeed necessary.   Man and beast you save, 0 Lord (Psalm 36:6).   How you have multiplied your mercy, 0 God!






For those who have not read this little book and to refresh myself, I will be posting the entire book in daily doses.  (To read later find in the Purgatory Category).

Chapter 13


1. In every prayer you say, every Mass you hear, every Communion you
receive, every good work you perform, have the express intention of
imploring God to grant you a holy and happy death and no Purgatory.   Surely
God will hear a prayer said with such confidence and perseverance.

2. Always wish to do God’s will.   It is in every sense the best for you.
When you do or seek anything that is not God’s will, you are sure to
suffer.   Say fervently, therefore, each time you recite the Our Father: “Thy
will be done”

3. Accept all the sufferings, sorrows, pains and disappointments of life,
be they great or small: ill health, loss of goods, the death of your dear
ones, heat or cold, rain or sunshine, as coming from God.   Bear them calmly
and patiently for love of Him and in penance for your sins.   Of course one
may use all his efforts to ward off trouble and pain but when one cannot
avoid them let him bear them manfully.

Impatience and revolt make sufferings vastly greater and more difficult to

4. Christ’s life and actions are so many lessons for us to imitate.

The greatest act in His life was His Passion.   As He had a Passion, so each
one of us has a passion.   Our passion consists in the sufferings and labours
of every day.   The penance God imposed on man for sin was to gain his bread
in the sweat of his brow.   Therefore, let us do our work, accept its
disappointments and hardships and bear our pains in union with the Passion
of Christ.   We gain more merit by a little pain than by years of pleasure.

5. Forgive all injuries and offences, for in proportion as we forgive
others, God forgives us.

6. Avoid mortal sins and deliberate venial sins and break off all bad
habits.   Then it will be relatively easy to satisfy God’s justice for sins
of frailty.   Above all, avoid sins against charity and against chastity,
whether in thought, word or deed, for these sins [and the expiation for
them] are the reason why many souls are detained in Purgatory for long

7. If afraid of doing much, do many little things, acts of kindness and
charity, give the alms you can, cultivate regularity of life, method in
work and punctuality in the performance of duty; don’t grumble or complain
when things are not as you please; don’t censure and complain of others;
never refuse to do a favour to others when it is possible.

These and suchlike little acts are a splendid penance.

8. Do all in your power for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.   Pray for them
constantly, get others to do so, join the Association of the Holy Souls and
ask all those you know to do likewise.   The Holy Souls will repay you most

9. There is no way more powerful of obtaining from God a most holy and
happy death than by weekly Confession, daily Mass and daily Communion.

10. A daily visit to the Blessed Sacrament–it need only be three or four
minutes–is an easy way of obtaining the same grace. Kneeling in the
presence of Jesus with eyes fixed on the Tabernacle, sure that He is
looking at us, let us for a few minutes repeat some little prayer like
these: “My Jesus, mercy.” “My Jesus, have pity on me, a sinner” “My Jesus,
I love You” “My Jesus, give me a happy death”


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Thought for the Day – 3 March

Thought for the Day – 3 March

At first St Katharine Drexel was going to give only her fortune to the work of the missions but instead, at the suggestion of the Pope, gave herself.   Her long life was spent bringing the faith to others and inspiring others to join her.   God wants more than our generosity – He wants us!   Perhaps we should look around and see how we might serve Him?

Katharine’s vast inheritance was distributed among her father’s twenty-­nine favourite charities. Not a penny went to her own community.    She wanted her sisters to live by faith, trusting God—not money—for everything!

St Katharine Drexel, pray for us!


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Quotes/s of the Day – 3 March

Quotes/s of the Day – 3 March

“My sweetest Joy is to be in the presence of Jesus in the holy Sacrament. I beg that when obliged to withdraw in body, I may leave my heart before the holy Sacrament. How I would miss Our Lord if He were to be away from me by His presence in the Blessed Sacrament!”

“It is a lesson we all need – to let alone the things that do not concern us. He has other ways for others to follow Him; all do not go by the same path. It is for each of us to learn the path by which He requires us to follow Him and to follow Him in that path.”

“Often in my desire to work for others I find my hands tied, something hinders my charitable designs, some hostile influence renders me powerless. My prayers seem to avail nothing, my kind acts are rejected, I seem to do the wrong thing when I am trying to do my best. In such cases I must not grieve. I am only treading in my Master’s steps.”

St Katharine Drexel


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One Minute Reflection – 3 March

One Minute Reflection – 3 March

He who does not take up his cross and come after me is not worthy of me…………….Matthew 10:38

REFLECTION – “The cross is the greatest gift God could bestow on His elect on earth. There is nothing so necessary, so beneficial, so sweet, or so glorious as to suffer something for Jesus. If you suffer as you ought, the cross will become a precious yoke that Jesus will carry with you.”…………..St Louis Grignion de Montfort
“The patient and humble endurance of the cross whatever nature it may be, is the highest work we have to do.”………..St Katharine Drexel

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, impress upon me that without a cross on earth there will be no crown in heaven. Help me to bear my cross daily for You as You bore Your Cross for me and for all mankind. St Katharine Drexel, pray for us, amen.


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Our Morning Offering – 3 March

Our Morning Offering – 3 March

Litany of Humility

Written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930),
Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being honoured, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, deliver me, O Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, O Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may increase and I may decrease, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, grant me the grace to desire it.


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March – The Month of St Joseph

March – The Month of St Joseph

The Catholic Church dedicates the entire month of March to Saint Joseph and urges us to pay special attention to his life and example. In the 20th century, several popes had a deep devotion to Saint Joseph and Pope Saint Pius X (1903-14) approved a public litany, the Litany of Saint Joseph, while Pope John XXIII (1958-63) wrote A Prayer for Workers, asking Saint Joseph to intercede for them.

Fathers, in particular, should cultivate devotion to Saint Joseph, whom God Himself chose to care for His Son. As we learn more about Saint Joseph, we can teach our own boys about the virtues of fatherhood through his example.

Litany of St. Joseph

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph,
Illustrious Scion of David,
Light of Patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster-father of the Son of God,
Watchful defender of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph most just,
Joseph most chaste,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph most valiant,
Joseph most obedient,
Joseph most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of workmen,
Glory of home life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the afflicted,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

L. He made him lord over his house,
R. And the ruler of all his possessions.

Let us pray.

O God, who in Your ineffable providence did vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your most holy Mother: grant, we beseech You, that we may have him for an intercessor in heaven, whom we venerate as our protector on earth.  Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.


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Saint of the Day – 3 March – St Katharine Drexel

Saint of the Day – 3 March – St Katharine Drexel S.B.S (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament) (1858-1955-AGED 96) – was an American heiress, philanthropist, religious sister, missionary, educator, and foundress. She was canonised by the Roman Catholic Church in 2000; her feast day is observed on March 3. She is the only canonised saint to have been born a United States citizen – Patron of Philanthropy, racial justice



Francis A. Drexel, a world-­renowned banker and a man of faith, provided his family a life of ease.    And Emma Bouvier, her stepmother, trained Katharine and her two sisters in generous giving.    Mrs. Drexel believed God gave wealth to the family to aid others and regularly involved her daughters in distributing food, medicine, clothing and rent money to the poor.    The experience shaped Katharine’s future.

As a rich girl, Katharine also had a grand debut into society.   But when she nursed her stepmother through a three-year terminal illness, she saw that all the Drexel money could not buy safety from pain or death and her life took a profound turn.  Both parents died by 1885, leaving Katharine and her sisters to share the annual income from a fourteen-­million-­dollar estate.   Right away Katharine began to donate thousands of dollars to the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions for the construction and staffing of schools for Native American children, which became her life’s passion.   Katharine had always been interested in the plight of the Indians, having been appalled by what she read in Helen Hunt Jackson’s A Century of Dishonour.   While on a European tour, she met Pope Leo XIII and asked him to send more missionaries to Wyoming for her friend Bishop James O’Connor.   The pope replied, “Why don’t you become a missionary?”   His answer shocked her into considering new possibilities.

Back home, Katharine visited the Dakotas, met the Sioux leader Red Cloud and began her systematic aid to Indian missions.

At this time, however, Katharine’s spirit was in turmoil. Bishop James O’Connor, her spiritual director, thought she should remain a single woman serving in the world.   But she wished to become a contemplative nun.   “My heart is very sorrowful, she wrote him in 1886, because like the little girl who wept when she found that her doll was stuffed with sawdust and her drum was hollow, I, too, have made a horrifying discovery and my discovery like hers is true. I have ripped both the doll and the drum open and the fact lies plainly and in all its glaring reality before me: All, all, all (there is no exception) is passing away and will pass away.”

In 1891, Katharine resolved the tension by founding a new religious community, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Coloured People, that combined prayer and social action.   By 1904, 104 sisters had joined her.  After three and a half years of training, Mother Drexel and her first band of nuns–Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Coloured–opened a boarding school in Santa Fe.    A string of foundations followed.   By 1942, she had a system of black Catholic schools in 13 states, plus 40 mission centers and 23 rural schools.   Segregationists harassed her work, even burning a school in Pennsylvania.   In all, she established 50 missions for Indians in 16 states.


Two saints met when Mother Drexel was advised by Mother Cabrini about the “politics” of getting her order’s Rule approved in Rome.   Her crowning achievement was the founding of Xavier University in New Orleans, the first Catholic university in the United States for African Americans.

Katharine established 145 Catholic missions and twelve schools for Native Americans and fifty schools for blacks.   During her lifetime she gave away about twenty million dollars, mostly for these causes.

In 1935, Katharine suffered a severe heart attack.   Two years later she retired and got her heart’s desire—eighteen years of quiet contemplation before she died in 1955 at age ninety-­six.



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Saints – 3 March

St Katharine Drexel (Optional Memorial)

St Anselm of Nonantola
St Arthelais of Benevento
Bl Benedetto Sinigardi da Arezzo
St Calupan
St Camilla
St Cele-Christ
St Cunegundes
St Foila
Bl Frederick of Hallum
St Gervinus
Bl Innocent of Berzo
Bl Jacobinus de’ Canepaci
St Lamalisse
St Non
Bl Peter de Geremia
Bl Pierre-René Rogue
St Sacer
St Teresa Eustochio Verzeri
St Titian of Brescia
St Winwallus of Landévennec

40 Martyrs in North Africa – A group of Christians martyred together in North Africa, date unknown. No details have survived, but we know these names – Antonius, Artilaus, Asclipius, Astexius, Basil, Bosimus, Carissimus, Castus, Celedonius, Claudianus, Cyricus, Donata, Emeritus, Emeterius, Euticus, Felix, Fortunatus, Frunumius, Gajola, Georgius, Gorgonius, Hemeterus, Isicus, Janula, Julius, Luciola, Luciolus, Marcia, Marinus, Meterus, Nicephorus, Papias, Photius, Risinnius, Sabianus, Savinianus and Solus

Martyrs of Pontus – 3+ saints – A large group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Emperor Maximian Galerius and governor Ascleopiodato. We have some details on three of them – Basiliscus, Cleonicus and Eutropius. 308 in Pontus (in modern Turkey)
Martyrs of Caesarea;
Martyrs of Calahorra

Martyrs of Gondar, Ethiopia:
Bl Antonio Francesco Marzorati
Bl Johannes Laurentius Weiss
Bl Michele Pío Fasol